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Copyright New York State Historical Association and/or The Farmers' Museum, Inc.
Object ID N0150.1955
Title Abigail Adams
Artist Unidentified
Object Name Painting
Early Date 1795 ca.
Exhibit label line3 First Lady Abigail Adams (1744-1818) was the wife of President John Adams and the mother of President John Quincy Adams. Abigail supported her husband during his term as the country's first Vice President and later, during his presidency as First Lady. She is remembered for the dignity and tact with which she carried out these roles.

Inheriting New England's strongest traditions, Abigail Smith was born in 1744 at Weymouth, Massachusetts. On her mother's side, she was descended from the Quincys, a family of great prestige in the colony; her father and other forebearers were Congregational ministers, leaders in a society that held its clergy in high esteem. She married John Adams in 1764. Long separations kept Abigail from her husband while he served as delegate to the Continental Congress, envoy abroad, and elected officer under the Constitution. When John Adams was elected President, she carried out the responsibility of formal entertaining as First Lady. Abigail died in 1818 and is buried beside her husband in United First Parish Church. Six years after her death, her son, John Quincy Adams (1767-1848), became the nation's sixth president.
Description Portrait traditionally said to be Abigail Adams.
Classification Academic Art--Painting/Drawing--Portraits--Human
Dimensions H-30 W-27 inches
Material Oil on canvas

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Last modified on: November 04, 2005